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    Department of Educational Psychology Faculty of Education

    Counselling Psychology Student Handbook

    2020-2021

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    Welcome to the Counselling Psychology graduate program at the University of Alberta. This Handbook describes each of our master’s programs and our doctoral program, and also explains the procedures for successful completion. Our doctoral program has been accredited by the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) since 2001: Office of Accreditation, CPA, 141 Laurier Ave. West, Suite 702, Ottawa, ON, K1P 5J3. The program’s present term of accreditation goes until the 2019-2024 academic year. It is expected that all students and faculty in the program will keep this Handbook as their major source of reference for our graduate programs. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the most recent copy of the Handbook from the year in which you entered the program. The person ultimately responsible for making sure that you know all the requirements for completion of your degree is you. The purpose of this Handbook is to provide current information concerning the steps you must take to fulfil those requirements. This Handbook attempts to alert graduate students to the requirements for successful completion of their studies. Nevertheless, regulations of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (FGSR) are imposed by, interpreted by, and enforced by that Faculty, and our Handbook is only a supplementary guide. This Handbook is only one of a number of documents with which students and faculty should be familiar. The contents of the following websites and documents should be reviewed as well: From the Department of Educational Psychology: https://www.ualberta.ca/educational-psychology/ • Department of Educational Psychology Graduate Student Handbook https://edpsychadmin.ualberta.ca/student-resources# From the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research: • Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research Graduate Program Manual

    https://www.ualberta.ca/graduate-studies/about/graduate-program-manual • Graduate Student Assistantships and Financial Awards

    http://www.ualberta.ca/graduate-studies/awards-and-funding From the Graduate Students’ Association: https://www.ualberta.ca/graduate-students-association/ From the Registrar’s Office: • University of Alberta Calendar

    https://calendar.ualberta.ca/ • University of Alberta Registration Guide

    https://www.ualberta.ca/registrar/Registration-and-Courses.aspx

    https://www.ualberta.ca/educational-psychology/ https://edpsychadmin.ualberta.ca/student-resources https://www.ualberta.ca/graduate-studies/about/graduate-program-manual http://www.ualberta.ca/graduate-studies/awards-and-funding https://www.ualberta.ca/graduate-students-association/ https://calendar.ualberta.ca/ https://calendar.ualberta.ca/ https://www.ualberta.ca/registrar/Registration-and-Courses.aspx

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    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    1. COUNSELLING PSYCHOLOGY PROGRAM MANDATE ....................................................4 2. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION .......................................................................................................4 3. REQUIRED COURSES AND PRACTICA LISTED BY YEAR ...............................................4 4. THESIS SUPERVISION .............................................................................................................9 5. CANDIDACY EXAMINATION ................................................................................................9 6. PRACTICUM GUIDELINES ...................................................................................................10 7. INTERNSHIP ............................................................................................................................13 8. REGISTRATION AS A PROFESSIONAL PSYCHOLOGIST ...............................................14 9. DISCIPLINE AND PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT .................................................................14 10. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY CLINICAL SERVICES ...............15 11. STUDENT REPRESENTATION IN PROGRAM DECISION MAKING ............................15 12. FACULTY MEMBERS IN THE COUNSELLING PSYCHOLOGY PROGRAM ...............15 APPENDIX A - Student’s Checklist of M.Ed. Thesis Requirements ...........................................17 APPENDIX B - Student’s Checklist of M.Ed. Course Based Requirements ................................18 APPENDIX C - Student’s Checklist of Ph.D. Requirements ........................................................19 APPENDIX D - Counselling Practicum Remedial Action Plan ....................................................21 APPENDIX E – Evaluation and Remediation Policies .................................................................23

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    1. COUNSELLING PSYCHOLOGY PROGRAM MANDATE

    The program in Counselling Psychology at the University of Alberta is dedicated to the training of leaders of the profession through the pursuit of disciplined inquiry, the understanding of and respect for human diversity, and the development, use and evaluation of effective counselling practices. Counselling Psychology is a helping profession devoted to the prevention, remediation and amelioration of emotional, cognitive, behavioural, and interpersonal difficulties, and the enhancement of human potential and quality of life. These aims are sought by integrating science and practice, and with the awareness and skills to work with diverse populations from individual, social, and organizational perspectives.

    2. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    The Counselling Psychology program is designed to develop competent psychologists who have solid academic and research orientations, and who are able to adapt to changing and diversifying roles of psychologists. The program operates from an integrative theoretical orientation. Students are therefore exposed to a wide variety of counselling approaches. The scientist/practitioner model for counselling training provides the basis for the program. Scientist-practitioners balance and integrate research and practice and monitor their own counselling effectiveness over time. The core courses are designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge to enable them to function as counselling psychologists or consultants, in private practice, institutional settings, and academic settings. Students will need to select specialized experience or training to prepare them to meet the needs of more specialized populations and settings. Students must complete a Master's thesis (or equivalent) prior to admission to the Ph.D. program. The general objectives of the program are: (1) the development, application and evaluation of counselling practices; (2) promotion of ethical behavior; (3) understanding of and respect for human diversity; and (4) coverage of the broad field of psychology. To accomplish these objectives, the plan of study includes a series of courses and practica supervised by professional psychologists in university and community agencies.

    3. REQUIRED COURSES AND PRACTICA LISTED BY YEAR 3.1 Course Load Due to the intense demands of practica, students may not register for more than three

    courses per term, when one of them is a practicum course. The following course requirements are the minimum number of courses needed to meet program requirements. Additional courses may be required to fulfil research or career objectives, or to address program deficiencies.

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    M.Ed. Program Thesis Route 3.2 Year 1 (P) indicates a practicum course, * indicates number of credits per course Fall

    EDPY 501 Introduction to Methods of Educational Research *3 EDPY 533 Basic Skills, Issues, and Attitudes in Counselling I *3 (P) EDPY 536 Ethical and Professional Issues in Psychological Practice *3 Winter EDPY 507 Measurement Theory I * 3 EDPY 534 Basic Skills, Issues, and Attitudes in Counselling II *3 (P) Required *3 (e.g., EDPY 503, Qualitative Methods of Education Research Research or EDPY 500, Introduction to Data Analysis *3) – please consult with Option Research Supervisor Year 2

    Fall EDPY 521 Foundations of Assessment *3 EDPY 538 Theory and Practice in Group Counselling *3 EDPY 597 Psychopathology and Diagnosis *3 Winter EDPY 597 Assessment Practicum in Counselling Psychology *3 (P) THES 906 Thesis *6 OR THES 903 Thesis *3 AND Option * 3 (e.g., EDPY 542, Cross-Cultural Counselling; EDPY 635, Advanced

    Multicultural Counselling; EDPY 635 Couples and Family Counselling) By the end of their program, students must complete the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (FGSR) Ethics Training Requirement, which is an on-line learning module available on the FGSR website at the University of Alberta. Students must submit the printout of successful completion of this requirement that is provided upon reaching the end of the online module and test to the department Graduate Records Administrator for their student files. Total (minimum) Credits for Degree: 36

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    M.Ed. Program Course-based Route 3.3 Year 1 (P) indicates a practicum course, * indicates number of credits per course Fall

    EDPY 501 Introduction to Methods of